Kevin Dunn

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Kevin Dunn
Kevin Dunn 2014.jpg
Dunn at the New York PaleyFest 2014 for Veep
Born (1956-08-24) August 24, 1956 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s)
Katina Alexander (m. 1986)
[1]
Children 1

Kevin Dunn (born August 24, 1956) is an American actor who has appeared in supporting roles in a number of films and television series since the 1980s.

His roles include White House Communications Director Alan Reed in the political comedy Dave, US Army Colonel Hicks in the 1998 version of Godzilla, Alan Abernathy's father Stuart in Small Soldiers, Sam Witwicky's father Ron in Transformers, Oscar Galvin in the 2010 action thriller Unstoppable, and Major Ken Quesada in HBO's True Detective. Currently he stars as pessimistic Presidential Chief of Staff Ben Cafferty in Veep.

Early life

Dunn was born in Chicago, the son of John Dunn, a musician and poet, and his wife Margaret (née East), a nurse.[2][3] His sister is actress/comedian Nora Dunn. He was raised in a Catholic family, and has Irish, English, Scottish, and German ancestry.[4] Dunn graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1977, and received an honorary doctorate in 2008 from the same school.

Career

Dunn appeared in many live theatre performances in Chicago and suburbs, including the theatre companies Northlight, Remains, Wisdom Bridge and Goodman before his TV and motion picture career.[1] Dunn's work includes Samantha Who?, a series appearing on ABC from 2007 to 2009, as well as playing Ron Witwicky in Michael Bay's Transformers film series. His film appearances include Small Soldiers, Stir of Echoes, Godzilla, Snake Eyes, Nixon, Mad Love, Ghostbusters II, Dave, Beethoven's 2nd, Hot Shots!, and 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Dunn also played Murry Wilson in a 2000 miniseries, The Beach Boys: An American Family. He played President Richard Nixon's White House Counsel, Charles Colson, in Nixon and played President Bill Clinton's National Security Advisor, Sandy Berger, in ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11 which aired on September 10 and September 11, 2006. In 2000, he co-starred in Bette, a sitcom starring Bette Midler, in which he played her husband in the show's first 11 episodes.

Dunn played Joel Horneck, Jerry's overzealous childhood friend, in the Seinfeld episode "Male Unbonding". He is also featured in Live Free or Die as well as the 2006 Sony Pictures film Gridiron Gang.

Dunn is executive producer of the award-winning documentary film Kumpanía: Flamenco Los Angeles (2011).

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Mississippi Burning Agent Bird
1989 Ghostbusters II Milton Angland uncredited
1990 Blue Steel Assistant Chief Stanley Hoyt
1990 Marked for Death Lieutenant Sal Roselli
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Tom Killian
1991 Only the Lonely Patrick Muldoon
1991 Hot Shots! Lieutenant Commander Block
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise Captain Mendez
1992 Chaplin J. Edgard Hoover
1993 Dave Alan Reed
1993 Beethoven's 2nd Brillo, Missy's Owner uncredited
1994 Little Big League Arthur Goslin
1995 Mad Love Clifford Leland
1995 Nixon Charles Colson Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996 Chain Reaction FBI Agent Doyle
1997 The Sixth Man Mikulski
1997 Picture Perfect Mr. Mercer
1998 Godzilla Colonel Hicks
1998 Almost Heroes Hidalgo
1998 Small Soldiers Stuart Abernathy
1998 Snake Eyes Lou Logan
1999 Stir of Echoes Frank
2002 Confessions unknown role Short film
2004 I Heart Huckabees Marty
2006 The Darwin Awards Insurance Executive
2006 Live Free or Die Chief Monson
2006 The Black Dahlia Elizabeth Short's father uncredited
2006 Gridiron Gang Ted Dexter
2006 All the King's Men Alex
2007 Transformers Ron Witwicky
2007 Lions for Lambs ANX Editor
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Mark
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Ron Witwicky
2010 Unstoppable Galvin
2011 You May Not Kiss the Bride Agent Ross
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Ron Witwicky
2011 Warrior Principal Zito
2011 Kumpania: Flamenco Los Angeles N/A Documentary
Executive Producer
2012 Fire with Fire Agent Calvin Mullens
2013 Jobs Gil Amelio
2013 The Frozen Ground Lieutenant Bob Jent
2014 Cesar Chavez Dr. Arlo uncredited
2014 Draft Day Marvin
2015 Ashby Coach Bruton
2015 Slow Learners Darren Lowry
2016 Keeping Up with the Joneses Carl Pronger
2017 The Bachelors Paul Abernac
2018 We Are Unsatisfied Gary Rollins
2018 Above Suspicion Bob Singer
2018 Trading Paint Stumpy
2019 Captive State Police Chief Igoe

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Jack and Mike Anthony Kubecek 2 episodes
1987 Night of Courage Policeman Television Movie
1987 Cheers Jim McNulty Episode: "The Last Angry Mailman"
1988 Beverly Hills Buntz Rinaldo de Martino Episode: "Brief Encounter"
1988 Day by Day Mel Schrom recurring role (5 episodes)
1988 Sunny Spoon unknown role Episode: "Papa Rozzi"
1988 Family Ties Bob Episode: "The Boys Next Door"
1989 21 Jump Street Reed Bowman Episode: "The Blu Flu"
1988–1989 L.A. Law Barry Braunstein 2 episodes
– "Beauty and Obese" (1988)
– "Izzy Ackerman or Is He Not" (1989)
1989 Family Ties Glen Episode: "All in the Neighborhood (Part 1)"
1989 Gideon Oliver Jacob Waldner Episode: "Kennonite"
1989 Roseanne Burt Drucker Episode: "Somebody Stole My Gal"
1989 Taken Away Lombardi Television Movie
1990 Seinfeld Joel Episode: "Male Unbonding"
1990 Sydney Jake Episode: "Jake"
1990 Dear John Bob Morris Episode: "A Priest's Story"
1990 Blind Faith Lieutenant Gladston Television Miniseries (2 episodes)
– Episode: "1.1"
– Episode: "1.2"
1992 Double Edge Webber Television Movie
1995 The Four Diamonds Charles Millard / Charles the Mysterious Television Movie
1995 JAG Rear Admiral Al Brovo 2 episodes
1995 Jack Reed: One of Our Own Phil Brenner Television Movie
1995 Shadow of a Doubt Mark Evola Television Movie
1996 Jack Reed: A Killer Among Us Phil Brenner Television Movie
1996 Unforgiveable Milton "Milt" Stella Television Movie
1996 Shattered Mind Eric Television Movie
1997 The Second Civil War Jimmy Cannon Television Movie
1997 Arsenio Al recurring role (6 episodes)
1997 On the Edge of Innocence Dr. Barbico Television Movie
1998–2000 Godzilla Major Tony Hicks (voice role) series regular (20 episodes)
1999 The First Gentleman The First Gentleman Television Movie
1999 Batman Beyond Dr. Howard Hodges (voice role) Episode: "Heroes"
2000 The Beach Boys: An American Family Murry Wilson Television Miniseries
– Episode: "1.1"
– Episode: "1.2"
2000 God, the Devil and Bob unknown role (voice role) recurring role (3 episodes)
2000–2001 Bette Roy recurring role (12 episodes)
2002 The Practice Bill Munce Episode: "Man and Superman"
2002 Gleason Jack Philbin Television Movie
2002 Push, Nevada Mitch Mann 2 episodes
2002 Boomtown Ron Berman Episode: "The David McNorris Show"
2003 Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me Dick Reed Television Movie
2003 Dragnet J.J. Halsted Episode: "Let's Make a Deal"
2003 L.A. County 187 Lieutenant Bob Coughlan Television Movie
2003 Boston Public Big Ed Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Five"
2004 NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 Cyrus Television Movie
2004 LAX Vic Tilden Episode: "Out of Control"
2004 Huff Berkowitz Episode: "Control"
2004 NYPD 2069 Joe Banning Television Movie
2005 Law & Order Arnie MacLaren Episode: "Publish and Perish"
2005 Marsha Potter Gets a Life unknown role Television Movie
2004 7th Heaven Coach Terry Hardwick recurring role (3 episodes)
2006 7th Heaven Coach Terry Hardwick Episode: "And Baby Makes Three"
2006 Lost Gordy Episode: "The Long Con"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Detective Carson Laird Episode: "The Good"
2006 The Closer Mar. Catalina Episode: "Head Over Heels"
2006 The Path to 9/11 Samuel "Sandy" Berger Television Miniseries (2 episodes)
– Episode: "1.1"
– Episode: "1.2"
2006 A Perfect Day Darren Television Movie
2006 The Mikes unknown role Television Movie
2006–2007 Boston Legal Attorney JonathanWeiner 2 episodes
– "...There's Fire" (2006)
– "Trial of the Century" (2007)
2007 Prison Break Cooper Green 2 episodes
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Howard series regular (35 episodes)
2011 Harry's Law District Attorney George Kupcheck Episode: "Send in the Clowns"
2010–2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Various Characters (voice role) recurring role (3 episodes)
2011–2012 Luck Marcus Becker series role (9 episodes)
2013 Prosecuting Casey Anthony George Anthony Television Movie
2013– Veep Ben Cafferty recurring role (47 episodes)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2018)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2014-2017)
2014 True Detective Major Ken Quesda recurring role (5 episodes)
2015–2016 Code Black Dr. Taylor recurring role (9 episodes)
2016 American Dad! Councilman (voice role) Episode: "Roots"
2016 The Night Of Daniel Lang Television Miniseries
Episode: "The Beach"
2018 Ghosted Merv Minette recurring role (5 episodes)
2019 City on a Hill Nathan Rey Episode: "Pilot"
2019 Constance unknown role Television Movie

References

  1. ^ a b "Kevin Dunn Questions of Characters - tribunedigital-chicagotribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  2. ^ "Nora Dunn Biography (1952-)". filmreference.com.
  3. ^ "Chicago Sun-Times:: Search". newsbank.com.
  4. ^ "Chicago Sun-Times:: Search". newsbank.com.

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Preceded by
Chris Latta
Voice of and portrayed Sparkplug Witwicky
2007–2009
Succeeded by
incumbent
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